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Monday, February 18, 2013

Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard
Release date: February 14, 2013 (USA) 
Director: John Moore 
Producer: Alex Young 
Music: Marco Beltrami 
Screenplay: Roderick Thorp, Skip Woods 

Bruce Willis returns in his most iconic role as John McClane - the "real" hero with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing. This time the take-no-prisoners cop is really in the wrong place at the wrong time after traveling to Moscow to help his estranged son Jack. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes 

I love the Die Hard franchise and I love Bruce Willis, but… I didn't love this movie the way I thought I would. They had all the special effects and all the cool stunts and a really cool scene that was a shout out to the original Die Hard movie. What it didn’t have was a good script. Not even an okay script. One of my favorite parts of an action movie (I call them “blow’em up” movies) is the clever snarky one liners. There was maybe one in the entire movie; the rest were uninspired and boring. It was as if they said “let’s make a Die Hard movie with all these awesome over the top stunts”, which they already had planned out in detail and then said… “oh crap! We need a script!”

The story was supposed to feature John McClane bonding with his son, Jack, while they kicked some bad guy (and girl) ass. The father/son scenes were nothing short of painful. They shouldn’t have even tried to add that aspect to the story. I also have issues with the stunts. I can swallow a lot of crap when it comes to action kick ass scenes, but even my 11 year old daughter looked at me and said “and not a single tire popped”. She was referring to the opening car chase that has John McClane driving a vehicle off multiple over passes, on top of a whole bunch of cars and trucks while being shot at and sideswiped. And how many times can an old guy get thrown through a large glass window and not get cut? I don't know why I couldn't just go with it like I do with other action movies, maybe because the script sucked?There was an “oh snap” plot twist I didn't see coming which helped redeem the movie. 

see all that glass from the shot out skylights? They crawled all over it and not a cut anywhere...just saying
Should you see it? If you want to see it on the big screen go for a matinee and expect to poke fun at it. Otherwise wait for the DVD. I waffled between 2 and 3 sheep for this one. Going with three for sentimental reasons (cause Bruce is still a sexy beast)

3 "Dancing Russian" Sheep


  1. I've seen all of these movies and am going to be seeing this one as well, when it comes out On Demand and I can watch it at home lol

    I think the first move was good, it was different and unique and I enjoyed it. All the subsequent movies though...well, lets just say hubby likes them better that I do. Can you say cheese fest? lol

  2. I'm going to rent it for $1. I love the bruce but dang, paying box office prices for a movie that's pretty so-so is not worth it for me. Nice job Sharon and maybe next time we crawl over broken glass we wont get cut! :)

  3. Well crap. I love this franchise but do you think they've just done too many of them? It's not like we've expected more of these after Vengeance cause that wasn't the greatest. But Live Free was awesome with Justin Long, Kevin Smith and the yummy Timothy Olephant (sp?).

    1. there was just no script with this one. The touchy feely scenes will make you gag. very little tongue in cheek humor. Now parts were pretty awesome from an action POV but the dialogue you had to sit through... bleh!

  4. OH Say It Isn't So - weeping and gnashing of teeth here! What were they thinking? It's not like the franchise is a great literary masterpiece, but it is the oneliners that make it so awesome (of course Bruce Willis is worth watching in just about anything). Thank you for sharing with us today, will wait for the DVD.

  5. I did watch the movie on Valentine's day with my boyfriend, and enjoyed it. But I thought 4 was a whole lot better on action and plot and just over-the-topness. Father-son moments, well, men just don't communicate.

  6. You're not alone in the glass thing. There were so many instances where they were more impervious than most vampires. The pool thing particularly annoyed me though, as Jai Courtney (Jack) just pulls himself out over all that glass on the edge. Personally, I'd be carefully sweeping it aside before crawling over it.

    Oh, the father-son thing drove me crazy too. It just got sappy in places... and where was the yipee-ki-yay-ness?

    1. YES! I thought the same thing when he climbed out of the pool . And when your 11 year old notices the characters have superpower abilities then you aren't doing it right. Don't forget when Jack had the metal rod pulled from his side and then proceeded to run around as if it never happened!